V aleriaan is a plant found in europe and Asia.
The root of this plant contains GABA, valeric acid (and other mono- and sesquiterpenes), (iridoid) valepotriates, alkaloids and lignans. GABA is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and has a calming and relaxing effect.
The sliced valerian root is usually used to make tea or ground into a powder to make capsules. Sometimes a tincture is made from valerian root.
Valerian is often used for chronic insomnia or to combat stress and anxiety disorders. It may take several weeks before you notice the effects of valerian.
Preparation of valerian tea
The sliced valerian root we sell can mainly be used to make valerian tea. There are several ways to prepare valerian tea:
1) Use about 400 ml of hot (but not boiling) water and add 2 to 3 teaspoons of valerian. Let it steep for about 5 minutes, then you can remove the valerian root (you can also squeeze the removed valerian into the tea for residual juices). For example, drink tea with honey throughout the day to mask the taste.
2) This is the best way to prepare valerian tea: use 500 ml of cold water and add 2 to 3 teaspoons of valerian root. Boil for about 8 hours (the best time to prepare this tea is before going to bed so you can soak the roots in the water all night).
In the morning you can remove the roots (squeeze removed valerian over the water for residual juices) and then heat the tea in the microwave (not too hot). You can then drink the tea that is distributed throughout the day.
It is best not to drink valerian tea before going to sleep. Take it throughout the day, for example with meals.